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Sail away with these amazing Black Friday cruise deals

The Points Guy logo The Points Guy 5 days ago Ashley Kosciolek
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If you’ve had your eye on a specific cruise, today could be the day to lock it in. That’s because just about every cruise line is offering Black Friday deals and discounts, many of which will carry right through to Cyber Monday.

Here’s a peek at the types of savings available.

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Atlas Ocean Voyages

For Black Friday, luxe expedition newcomer Atlas Ocean Voyages is gifting cruisers free business-class airfare when they book suite accommodations on one of the brand’s two new ships, World Navigator and World Traveller. Alternatively, passengers can opt for a 20% discount on any of 29 select sailings departing between March 1 and Sept. 30, 2021. Use code BLKFRI21 when booking. This offer is valid Nov. 26-30, 2021.

Azamara Cruises

Azamara, which recently came under new ownership, has returned stronger after the pandemic, and it’s offering deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Book any cabin on one of several select voyages departing through May 5, 2023, and you’ll score a 20% discount, along with $1,000 in onboard credit and an upgraded beverage package for two passengers. This opportunity won’t stick around for long, so be sure to book between Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, 2021 to take advantage of it.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras ship docked in San Juan. (Photo by Ashley Kosciolek/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Carnival Cruise Line’s Mardi Gras ship docked in San Juan. (Photo by Ashley Kosciolek/The Points Guy)

In the mood for a fun and affordable cruise? Carnival brings passengers its Unwrap Fun early saver sale, which runs through Nov. 28, 2021. When you book a qualifying voyage that departs through April 2024, you’ll receive up to 40% off fares and a free room upgrade. Plus, you’ll only need to put down a $50 deposit to hold your spot.

Celebrity Cruises

Cruisers who book a Celebrity cruise between Nov. 23-30, 2021 will save 50% on a second cruise fare and receive up to $300 in onboard credit per cabin, depending on the length of the cruise ($100 per cabin for two to five nights, $200 for six to nine nights and $300 for 10 nights or longer). The offer is available on select Caribbean and Europe voyages between Dec. 18, 2021 and March 31, 2023. For even more savings, sail before the end of the year with the line’s Always Included option and earn up to an additional $200 in credit per stateroom. Also, passengers will save up to $700 off select airfare from the U.S. and Canada booked through Flights by Celebrity.

Crystal Cruises

Through Jan. 5, 2022, Crystal Cruises is gifting free chartered airfare from Miami to Ushuaia to passengers who book Antarctica sailings. For good measure, the line is throwing in two-for-one fares, luxury pre- and post-cruise hotel stays and $1,000 per traveler in onboard credit. This deal applies to select 2021 and 2022 voyages on Crystal Endeavor, which won TPG’s 2021 award for best new expedition ship.

Emerald Cruises

The 100-passenger Emerald Azzurra will be a yacht-like vessel designed to cruise along the French Riviera, Croatian coast and other upscale destinations. (Photo courtesy of Emerald Cruises) © The Points Guy The 100-passenger Emerald Azzurra will be a yacht-like vessel designed to cruise along the French Riviera, Croatian coast and other upscale destinations. (Photo courtesy of Emerald Cruises)

Whether you’re looking for an ocean-going cruise or a river voyage, Emerald Cruises has you covered. Book an applicable sailing through 2022 and you’ll save up to 60% off a second cruise fare for river cruises on the Rhine, Rhone, Moselle, Danube and Main in select cabin categories or 50% off a second fare on ocean sailings on the line’s soon-to-debut Emerald Azzura. The deal runs from Nov. 21-Dec. 1, 2021. Cruisers who book and pay in full by Dec. 15, 2021 will receive a further 10% discount.

Holland America Line

Just in time for the holidays, HAL is allowing kids to cruise for free on select Caribbean and Mexico voyages through May 2022 when they share a cabin with two paying adults. This offer expires Dec. 9, 2021, so it’s a deal you won’t want to wait on.


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Hurtigruten Expeditions

For Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Hurtigruten Expeditions is offering up to 50% off voyages to Antarctica, Iceland, Alaska, the Galapagos and Norway. Additionally, anyone booking one of these voyages will be able to put down a greatly reduced deposit of just 10%. This offer runs Nov. 15-30, 2021.

MSC Cruises

MSC Seashore docked at private island Ocean Cay. (Photo by Ashley Kosciolek/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy MSC Seashore docked at private island Ocean Cay. (Photo by Ashley Kosciolek/The Points Guy)

This year, MSC has two options for cruisers looking to snag a deal for Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Offers running Nov. 18-Dec. 5, 2021 include free upgrades from oceanview to balcony accommodations (so you can get a veranda for the same price as an outside cabin) and free cruise fares for children when sharing a room with two paying adults. The line is also extending its flexible change policy, which will come in handy if you need to alter your plans.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Beginning Nov. 16, 2021 and running until further notice, Norwegian’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal features 70% off a second cruise fare, as well as valuable extras that usually come with a fee. They include free open bar, specialty dining, shore excursions, Wi-Fi, airfare, third and fourth passengers sail free, and onboard credit, all of which offer a total value of up to $4,250.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises‘ Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale offers passengers 50% off deposits and up to $200 in onboard credit per stateroom on sailings and cruise tours departing from March 2022 onward. The sale runs from Nov. 17-30, 2021.

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Royal Caribbean International

Freedom of the Seas docked at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island, which has the tallest water slide in North America (Photo by Ashley Kosciolek/The Points Guy) © The Points Guy Freedom of the Seas docked at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island, which has the tallest water slide in North America (Photo by Ashley Kosciolek/The Points Guy)

Through November 30, 2021, Royal Caribbean‘s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal means you can book a cruise from as little as $99 per person. Every passenger will receive 30% off fares for sailings departing from Dec. 2, 2021 onward. Also, passengers can save up to an additional $150 (based on cabin category and length of cruise) on select bookings for voyages departing between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Luxury river brand Scenic is giving prospective cruisers up to 60% off fares for the second passenger in each cabin on select 2022 sailings on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Rhone and Moselle rivers. You’ll have to act quickly, as this bargain is only valid from Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2021. Those who make their reservations and pay in full by Dec. 15, 2021 will save another 5% on the price.

Seabourn Cruise Line

Seabourn‘s sailings offer more inclusivity, top-notch food and service and a smaller and more intimate experience. The trade-off is higher pricing, but, often, the more expensive the fares, the deeper the discounts when the line offers them. From Nov. 16-30, 2021, passengers can take advantage of up to $1,000 off balcony and oceanview accommodations, as well as up to $1,000 in onboard credit per cabin. This offer is available on select voyages through the summer of 2022.

Virgin Voyages

If you’re curious about new cruise line Virgin Voyages, now is the time to check it out for yourself. From Nov. 15-29, 2021, the line is offering 20% off select Mexico and Bahamas cruises through March 2022 (or sailings from the U.K. through May 2022), as well as a $100 beverage credit when you prepay your alcohol.

Book via an airline portal

United Cruises Black Friday pricing for several major cruise lines. (Screenshot from United Cruises) © The Points Guy United Cruises Black Friday pricing for several major cruise lines. (Screenshot from United Cruises)

For any cruise deal, run the numbers to see if you’re better off booking directly with the cruise line, a travel agent or with an airline cruise vacation specialist. United Cruises, for example, is offering discounts and free perks on bookings with several popular lines, including Norwegian, Carnival and Royal Caribbean, as well as up to 25,000 bonus miles. Plus, you can get up to $1,000 in onboard credit, free pre-paid gratuities and up to a $200 United Airlines airfare credit. You can also use your United miles to offset the cash price of a cruise.

American Airlines Cruises has a similar deal where you can score lots of free extras, and you won’t owe a deposit until after the holidays. Plus, you’ll earn one mile for every dollar spent, up to 10,000 miles.

Featured image by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line.

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